Sachin-Sehwag turn back the clock as India legends beat West Indies legends
India Legends secured a massive seven-wicket victory against West Indies Legends in the opening match of the Road Safety World Series at Wankhede stadium on Saturday.
For the likes of us who bemoan the death of romance in cricket following Sachin Tendulkar's retirement, Saturday evening's India Legends vs West Indies Legends match meant a great deal more than just an exhibition match.
It was the legendary Wankhede stadium, with Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag opening the batting and dominating a bowling attack, and for a few hours everything in this world seemed fine.
India Legends led by Sachin Tendulkar beat Brian Lara's West Indies Legends 7 wickets with a satisfying 74 from Nawab of Najafgarh and a spirited 36 off 29 balls from the Master Blaster.
The destructive duo rolled back the years as they took on the West Indies Legends attack and put up 83-run partnership without losing a wicket.
Sehwag (11x4) played all the shots in the book, including the traditional late cut, while Tendulkar (7x4) executed drives, upper cuts and stepped out to spinners, something he did with majestic grace all through his illustrious career.
Wankhede crowd went on a deja-vu frezy when Tendulkar hammered Suleiman Benn for three successive fours amid the familiar 'Sachin-Sachin' chants.
And as was the case earlier, the legend's dismissal brought about 'pin drop' silence in the stadium.
After Mohammed Kaif (14) and Manpreet Gony (0) fell, Sehwag, in the company of Yuvraj Singh (10 not out), chased the 151-run target as the hosts won by 7 wickets.
Earlier, India Legends restricted WI Legends to 150/8 with pacers Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and spinner Pragyan Ojha grabbing two wickets.
Opener Shivnarine Chanderpaul made the highest score of 61 for the West Indian side, whereas despite brief stay at the crease the Prince of Trinidad Brian Lara (17; 4x4) showed the crowd why he is considered among the finest to have ever wielded the willow.
This was the first match of the Road Safety World Series played between retired cricketers from five countries - Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, West Indies, and India.
In the 11 matches to be played in this Twenty20 tournament, Tendulkar and Lara will be joined by former players including Australian Brett Lee, Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan and South Africa’s Jonty Rhodes.
The tournament will be going on till March 22nd across India.